VVMF events and COVID-19
(Posted 04/15/2021 – 9:00 am EST)
During this challenging time for our nation, nothing is more important to VVMF than the health and well-being of our Vietnam veterans and their families. We want to keep our visitors updated on openings/closings and events as the situation evolves.
While the National Park Service has not closed the national mall or The Wall, the D.C. region is still in phase 2 of its COVID recovery plan and no volunteers are on duty at The Wall.
VVMF will host a small in-person ceremony at The Wall for Memorial Day 2021. Under today’s guidelines, we are limited to 250 attendees so we will not be able to accommodate our usual number of 2,000 attendees. We consider this the start of being able to return to in-person ceremonies and we ask for your understanding regarding these limitations. We encourage you to watch the ceremony online at 1 p.m. ET on May 31st on our website or Facebook page.
We will not be able to host our In Memory ceremony on its usual Father’s Day weekend due to crowd size limitations but we plan to honor both our 2020 and 2021 In Memory honorees in October of this year. The latest on In Memory can always be found here: www.vvmf.org/in-memory-program. We are also optimistic that a larger Veterans Day ceremony will be able to be held in-person at The Wall later this year.
We began our 2021 tour of The Wall That Heals this month with COVID-related precautions in place and we hope to visit 26 communities this season. The 2021 schedule can be seen here: https://www.vvmf.org/The-Wall-That-Heals/2021-Tour-Schedule/
Like all of you, we hope this national health crisis ends soon but we must take the necessary precautions to keep our visitors safe at this time. We look forward to welcoming you all back in larger numbers soon. We appreciate your understanding during this difficult time.